Funding mechanism for local flood mitigation and protection passes House

February 18, 2021

Legislation introduced by Senator Adam Ebbin establishing a new funding mechanism for local governments seeking to embrace flood mitigation and protection projects has finished its journey through the General Assembly, passing the House of Delegates unanimously on February 17.

SB 1309 (Ebbin) authorizes grants from a local Stormwater Management Fund to be used for flood mitigation and protection measures that are part of a comprehensive flood mitigation and protection plan adopted by the locality, and requires such grants, where practicable, to prioritize projects that include nature-based practices. Current law allows such funds to be used only for the construction, improvement, or repair of a stormwater management facility or for erosion and sediment control.

Having now passed the House of Delegates and having previously passed the Senate, SB 1309 will now be referred to the Governor’s desk for action.

VACo supports SB 1309.

VACo Contact: Chris McDonald, Esq.

 

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